Installation and Upgrade Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media


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This tutorial will show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive used to install Windows 11 with UEFI support.

You can use a Windows 11 installation USB flash drive to clean install, upgrade, reset, or repair Windows 11.

The installation USB can also be used as a recovery drive to boot to WinRE (aka: advanced startup).


You must be signed in as an administrator to create a bootable Windows 11 installation USB.

The USB flash drive needs to be at least 8 GB or larger in size.



Contents

  • Option One: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media with Media Creation Tool
  • Option Two: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media with Rufus
  • Option Three: Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media in Command Prompt





OPTION ONE

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media with Media Creation Tool


This will be for a Windows 11 Version 23H2 build 22631.2861 USB.


1 Click/tap on the Download button below, and click/tap on the Download Now button at Microsoft's site below Create Windows 11 Installation Media. (see screenshot below)


Windows_11_MCT-1.png

2 Save the MediaCreationTool_Win11_23H2.exe file to your desktop, and run it.

Windows_11_MCT-2.png

3 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

4 Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

Windows_11_MCT-3.png

5 Uncheck the Use the recommended options for this PC box. (see screenshot below)

Leaving the Use the recommended options for this PC box checked will have the Media Creation Tool download an ISO that's the same language, edition, and architecture as the current PC.


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6 Select (dot) USB flash drive, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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7 Connect your USB flash drive, click/tap on the Refresh drive list link, select the USB flash drive, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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8 It will now start Downloading Windows 11 and Creating Windows 11 media. (see screenshot below)

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9 Click/tap on Finish when the USB flash drive is ready. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION TWO

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media with Rufus


1 If you have not already, you will need to download a Windows 11 ISO file.

2 Download the latest version of Rufus, and save its .exe file to your desktop.


This is a standalone exe file that doesn't install anything to your PC. For Rufus FAQs, see: rufus FAQ on GitHub


3 Connect the 8 GB or larger USB flash drive.

This USB flash drive will be formatted and lose all data on it.


4 Run the Rufus .exe file, and click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.

5 Change the following settings in Rufus, and click/tap on Start when finished. (see screenshot below)
  • Under Device, select the USB flash drive you want to format and use.
  • Under Boot selection, click/tap on the SELECT button, and navigate to and select the Windows 11 ISO file.
  • Under Image option (if available), select Standard Windows installation.
  • Under Partition scheme, select GPT.
  • Under Target system, select UEFI (non CSM).
  • Under Volume label, you can enter any name you like for the USB flash drive, or leave the default name.
  • Under File system, select NTFS.
  • Under Cluster size, select the (Default) (ex: 4096 bytes) it has listed.
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6 Check or uncheck the "Customize Windows installation" options you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
  • Remove Requirement for 4GB+ RAM, Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 – Check this option if you want to install Windows 11 on a computer with unsupported hardware.
  • Remove requirement for an online Microsoft account - Check this option to skip the Microsoft Account requirement. Windows 11 will not ask you to sign in with a Microsoft Account during the initial setup.
  • Disable data collection (Skip privacy questions) – Windows 11 will not ask you to send diagnostic data, enable location, advertisement ID, and other things some users consider privacy-invading.
  • Set a local account using the same name as this user's – Rufus will copy the current local account to the new installation.
  • Set regional options using the same values as this user's – Rufus will copy the current regional settings to the new installation.
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7 Click/tap on OK to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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8 Rufus will now start creating the bootable USB flash drive. (see screenshot below)

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9 When finished, click/tap on Close to close Rufus. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION THREE

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media in Command Prompt


This option will use the dual FAT32 and NTFS partitions on the USB since the install.wim file for Windows 11 is usually over 4GB in size that prevents using only the FAT32 file system.



1 If you have not already, you will need to download a Windows 11 ISO file.

2 Connect the 8 GB or larger USB flash drive.

This USB flash drive will be formatted and lose all data on it.


3 Open an elevated Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

4 Type diskpart into the elevated terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 18)

5 Type list disk into the elevated terminal, press Enter, and make note of the Disk # (ex: 3) for the USB flash drive from step 2.

6 Type select disk # into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

Substitute # in the command above with the actual Disk # (ex: 3) from step 5) above for the USB flash drive.

For example: select disk 3


7 Type clean into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

8 Type convert mbr into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

9 Type create partition primary size=1024 into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

10 Type create partition primary into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

11 Type select partition 1 into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

12 Type format fs=fat32 quick into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

13 Type assign letter=X into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

14 Type active into the elevated terminal and press Enter.

15 Type select partition 2 into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

16 Type format fs=ntfs quick into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

17 Type assign letter=Y into the elevated terminal, and press Enter.

18 You can now close the elevated Windows terminal.

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19 Open File Explorer (Win+E) to This PC. You will see the USB has two partitions. Partition "X" with FAT32 file system, and partition "Y" with NTFS file system. (see screenshot below)

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20 Mount the ISO file from step 1.

21 Perform the following steps to copy the mounted ISO contents to the USB X: (FAT32) partition:
  1. Click/tap on the mounted ISO in the navigation pane of File Explorer to open it.
  2. Select everything except the sources folder in the mounted ISO.
  3. Right click or press and hold on the selected files.
  4. Click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10).
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22 Click/tap on Send to, and click/tap on the USB Drive (X: ). (see screenshot below)

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23 Perform the following steps to copy the "sources" folder from the mounted ISO to the USB Y: (NTFS) partition:
  1. Click/tap on the mounted ISO in the navigation pane of File Explorer to open it.
  2. Select only the sources folder in the mounted ISO.
  3. Right click or press and hold on the selected sources folder.
  4. Click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10).
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24 Click/tap on Send to, and click/tap on the USB Drive (Y: ). (see screenshot below)

It may take a while to finish copying the sources folder to the USB Y: (NTFS) partition.


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25 Open the USB X: (FAT32) partition, and create a new folder (Ctrl+Shift+N) named sources. (see screenshots below)

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26 Open the Y:\sources folder from the USB Y: (NTFS) partition, and Cut (Win+X) the boot.wim file. (see screenshots below)

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27 Paste (Ctrl+V) the boot.wim file from the USB Y: (NTFS) partition in step 24 into the new sources folder in the USB X: (FAT32) partition from step 23. (see screenshot below)

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28 The Windows 11 bootable USB installation media is now ready.

29 You can unmount the ISO file.

30 You can now close all File Explorer windows.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Most computers shipped with W7 did not have USB 3 ports!
 

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I don't think USB 3 drivers would speed up old USB 2 ports. Am I wrong?
 

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    Edition Windows 10 Home
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    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
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    2GB
I'm not trying to run W7 on that hardware.

I know. It was just for general information. Other people read the thread apart from you.
 

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I don't think USB 3 drivers would speed up old USB 2 ports. Am I wrong?
I dont think it makes any difference to usb2 ports.

Most computers shipped with W7 did not have USB 3 ports!

Lots of win 7 machines/motherboards have usb3 ports. That is why the mobo mfrs supplied tools to integrate the drivers into installation media and is why the downloadable win7 recovery media from dell etc already have them integrated.

I had an h61 motherboard with usb3 ports . I would guess that mobo was around 2011 vintage. I have somewhere an hp 8300 sff that came with win7 - it has usb3 ports, same with the dell and hp and lenovo and acer, etc of that period.
 

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    2x8gb 3200mhz
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    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
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    cryorig m9i
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    pentium g5400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    xfx pro 450
My old computer didn't ship with anything. In fact it wasn't a computer. It was components. I built that system, then installed W7 on it from a . . . I think it was a CD-ROM. That old computer had (still does) USB3 ports. Similarly, I built my new computer & used this tutorial to create W11 install media (on W7). I then used that media to install W11 on the new computer.

My intuition is that USB3 drivers don't manage USB2 ports. You need USB2 drivers for USB2 ports. USB3 ports are, if I understand correctly, capable of accepting USB2 devices. But that doesn't upgrade them to USB3 speed. A USB2 device is capable of only USB2 speed, even if it's plugged into a USB3 port. A USB3 device plugged into a USB2 port (I think you can do that) would be hobbled by being restricted to USB2 speed, & the driver in use for that would be a USB2 driver. But I'm going by stuff I've read, not experience.
 

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    ASUS Z790-Plus WiFi TUF Gaming
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    4x32G Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5 6000MHz
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    Built into Windows 11
Other people read the thread apart from you.

That is a refreshing thought. I've been in other forums where that is, sadly, not the case. I just wanted to make sure I was completely clear.
 

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    ASUS Z790-Plus WiFi TUF Gaming
    Memory
    4x32G Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5 6000MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI/NVidia GeForce RTX 4070 Gaming X Trio 12G GDDR6X + built into motherboard Intel UHD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Built into graphics card + built into motherboard Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Both connected to the NVidia adapter - Primary: Dell SE2417HGX 23" diagonal connected via HDMI-to-DisplayPort dongle, Secondary: Toshiba TV 32" diagonal connected via HDMI through Onkyo TX-NR717 surround receiver
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 on each monitor
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 2T
    6xSATA-to-USB 3.0 Fideco external enclosures holding SATA drives of various brands & sizes 1x20T, 2x18T, 2x6T, 1x500G, all connected to a multi-port USB hub
    For backups: USB 3.0 HDDs of various brands & sizes 1x20T, 2x4T, 1x1T + SSDs of various brands & sizes 2x480G, 1x1T, all connected to another multi-port USB hub, powered on only while actually performing backups & (may it never happen) restores
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    MSI MPG A1000G PCIe5 1000W, TrippLite Smart1500TSU 1200W UPS for the main system, TrippLite ECO850LCD 850W UPS for the DASD & my Internet connectivity boxes (no reason to throw out legacy equipment that stil works fine)
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    Keyboard
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    Mouse
    Touchpad built into the keyboard
    Internet Speed
    500Mbps via Spectrum cable TV/cell phone bundle
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
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I dont think it makes any difference to usb2 ports.



Lots of win 7 machines/motherboards have usb3 ports. That is why the mobo mfrs supplied tools to integrate the drivers into installation media and is why the downloadable win7 recovery media from dell etc already have them integrated.

I had an h61 motherboard with usb3 ports . I would guess that mobo was around 2011 vintage.
OK....... USB 3 came out in 2008. Win 7 in 2009. So my laptop was a bit outdated in 2009 as it has the black ports.
 

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  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 OS build 22631.3155
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    Acer Swift SF114-34
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    Pentium Silver N6000 1.10GHz
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SSD
    Cooling
    fanless
    Internet Speed
    13Mbps
    Browser
    Brave, Edge or Firefox
    Antivirus
    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    Other Info
    System 3

    ASUS T100TA Transformer
    Processor Intel Atom Z3740 @ 1.33GHz
    Installed RAM 2.00 GB (1.89 GB usable)
    System type 32-bit operating system, x64-based processor

    Edition Windows 10 Home
    Version 22H2 build 19045.3570
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.2506
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Mini 210-1090NR PC (bought in late 2009!)
    CPU
    Atom N450 1.66GHz
    Memory
    2GB
I dont think the lga775 with the old core2 duo cpu had usb3. Anything more recent almost certainly does. Which I think roughly means anything 2011 or newer. There might have been a few earlier than that but it was rare before 2011. It might also be that some of the very early mobos for 2nd gen intel didnt have usb3 - particularly the cheap ones. I think 2011 onwards is a reasonable rule of thumb.

I have just spotted that asus had some 2010 h61 mobos without usb3. Then released them again at the beginning of 2011 with a big announcement of added usb3. Essentially the same mobos with usb3 added. Just two on the back panel if I remember correctly. Quite annoying if you bought one just before that.

I have still got a gigabyte 2012 mobo. Not only the 2 x usb3 ports out back, but also a header on the motherboard for a couple of usb3 ports out front. And also the excitement of sata3.
 
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    cryorig m9i
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    pentium g5400
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This link may be useful in this or another tutorial:

If your Windows image is larger than 4GB

Windows install drives are formatted as FAT32, which has a 4GB file size limit.


If your image is larger than the file size limit:


  1. Copy everything except the Windows image file (sources\install.wim) to the flash drive (either drag and drop, or use this command, where D: is the mounted ISO and E: is the flash drive.)
    commandCopy

    robocopy D: E: /s /max:3800000000

  2. Split the Windows image file into smaller files, and put the smaller files onto the flash drive:
    commandCopy

    Dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:D:\sources\install.wim /SWMFile:E:\sources\install.swm /FileSize:3800 (Imagefile: D:\sources)

    Note
    Windows Setup automatically installs from this file, so long as you name it install.swm.


 

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Windows 11 version 23H2 build 22631.2861 now available to download as ISO or USB with MCT.



MCT.png
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
I am having windows 11 pro version 23H2, provided by dell. can i create a bootable iso in usb, by using this method. I ask this because, if i power on, i get dell symbol and boot to windows screen. of course, i am having key.
I know that hardwares even though provided by dell, i could be able to install, windows 11, by creating a bootable iso in usb.
Or do it have any special mode of installation on dell provided computers. If the dell license is expired and if my pc does not boot, then can i install windows by using this method. please , give a detailed reply. I also want to know if the pro version that I am having is one among the versions of the pro version or is the only pro version available for windows 11 pro.
I am having a confusion, as unlike earlier versions , this has a kind of unique no alpha numeric
 
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My Computer

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    windows 11pro version 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3910
    CPU
    i5 processor
    Memory
    8 gb
I am having windows 11 pro version 23H2, provided by dell. can i create a bootable iso in usb, by using this method. I ask this because, if i power on, i get dell symbol and boot to windows screen. of course, i am having key.
I know that hardwares even though provided by dell, i could be able to install, windows 11, by creating a bootable iso in usb.
Or do it have any special mode of installation on dell provided computers. If the dell license is expired and if my pc does not boot, then can i install windows by using this method. please , give a detailed reply. I also want to know if the pro version that I am having is one among the versions of the pro version or is the only pro version available for windows 11 pro.
I am having a confusion, as unlike earlier versions , this has a kind of unique no alpha numeric

Hello jraju, :alien:

Yes, you can use this to create a bootable Windows 11 installation USB that can be used to clean install Windows 11 if needed, and can also be booted from for WinRE (Windows Recovery).

Your product key will be embedded in the UEFI firmware chip on the motherboard of your Dell PC (OEM). Windows Setup will automatically detect and activate using it during a clean install.

This product key is most likely an OEM key that can only be used to install Windows on that specific computer and cannot be transferred to another computer like you could if it was a retail key. You can double check using the tutorial below.

 

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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Hi, brink, my script host open box shows it as Retail. What that means. please tell. As I said, when I bought this , it was for home edition, but I separately got the product key for windows 11 pro. What that suggests.
Please also say, if dell support date is expired, I could just download the ISO and install through the usb. is that correct. I ask this , because, eventhough, there are updated drivers , now dell chose which drivers for my computer and also the bios flashes.
Whenever I start the pc, dell logo comes first and then boot to windows.
Is my suppposition, that bios settings are now in control by dell, so I am getting the dell logo first. Who actually provides to me. is it Dell or some other company. please
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11pro version 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3910
    CPU
    i5 processor
    Memory
    8 gb
Hi, brink, my script host open box shows it as Retail. What that means. please tell. As I said, when I bought this , it was for home edition, but I separately got the product key for windows 11 pro. What that suggests.
Please also say, if dell support date is expired, I could just download the ISO and install through the usb. is that correct. I ask this , because, eventhough, there are updated drivers , now dell chose which drivers for my computer and also the bios flashes.
Whenever I start the pc, dell logo comes first and then boot to windows.
Is my suppposition, that bios settings are now in control by dell, so I am getting the dell logo first. Who actually provides to me. is it Dell or some other company. please
When you say your Dell PC is not booting, do you mean just Windows 11 or the actual PC is doing nothing?

If it's the PC doing nothing, then that will make it impossible to reinstall Windows since the PC won't boot to boot from the USB.

If the Windows 11 Pro product key (license) is retail, then you are able to transfer that license to another PC to activate with if needed.

While drivers and BIOS (firmware) for your PC are provided by the manufacturer Dell, these often get updated by Windows Update now to make it easy.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Hi
I try many time to Create Windows 11 Bootable USB but never success. Until i read your article and i try. it works

Create Windows 11 Bootable USB Installation Media.​

Thank you very much
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    window 11 home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc.
    Motherboard
    Enhanced (101 - or 102-key)
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